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Ex-Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard joins South Korean side FC Seoul

Former Manchester United star Jesse Lingard has completed a transfer to South Korean side FC Seoul. 

The 31-year-old has been without a club since being released by Nottingham Forest at the end of the 2022-23 campaign. 

According to BBC Sport, the experienced midfielder has penned a two-year contract with FC Seoul. 

The K League 1 side also have the option to extend the player’s stay by another year. 

The English footballer claimed he had many offers but decided to come to South Korea because he wanted a new football experience. 

Lingard started his career by joining the Manchester United academy at the age of seven. 

He progressed through the youth ranks and went on to make his competitive debut for the club under then-manager Louis van Gaal in 2014. 

The Warrington-born footballer remained a key player for the Red Devils for many years, and was part of the team that won the FA Cup, EFL Cup and the Europa League. 

He made over 230 senior appearances during his time in Manchester, bagging 35 goals and 21 assists. 

However, the attacking midfielder struggled for game time during the later stages of his Manchester United career and was eventually released in the summer of 2022. 

Lingard joined Forest for the 2022-23 season after the expiration of his contract at Old Trafford. 

But he failed to make a huge impact for the Tricky Trees, making 17 Premier League appearances without registering a goal or an assist. 

Forest decided against renewing his contract last summer, allowing him to leave the club as a free agent. 

And now the 31-year-old has joined FC Seoul in a bid to revive his career, but his best years will always be behind him now. 

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